On healthcare and barefoot doctors

On healthcare and barefoot doctors (llco.org, npr.org) The following is an mainstream, bourgeois article from National Public Radio on socialist China’s barefoot doctors. The barefoot doctors were part of socialist China’s alternative approach to medicine. The program sought to provide basic health care to the Chinese masses. Under previous regimes, the vast majority in China …

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Jackal bites jackal

Jackal  bites jackal (llco.org) Recently, the leader of Bangladesh’s largest Islamist party, Jamaat-e-Islami, Motiur Rahman Nizami was sentenced to hang by the neck until death. He was sentenced by a special tribunal that hears unresolved cases connected to the war of liberation that technically ended on December 3, 1971. This has caused much controversy. Many …

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What is revisionism?

What is revisionism? (llco.org) Some people falsely think that revisionism is to deviate from an orthodoxy, to “revise” a tradition. This is an incorrect view of what revisionism is in a Marxist context. We should not treat Marxist writers the same way that Medieval Church scholars treated Aristotle. Mao was right when he said we …

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The other 9/11

The other 9/11, brief thoughts on Chile, America and China (llco.org) 9/11 is a day that will live in infamy, but not because of the attacks on the US that killed over 3,000 people. It is less well known is that September 11th is the anniversary of the overthrow of the elected government of Salvador …

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On counter-revolution: Just pointing to revisionists is not enough

On counter-revolution: Just pointing to revisionists is not enough (llco.org) Someone writes: “Dear Leading Light, LLCO has not responded convincingly to the causes behind the degeneration of the Chinese and Russian Revolutions. Just pointing to ‘revisionists’ is not enough (and analysis based on individual personality traits is hardly systemic or materialist). In any case, if …

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Serve the people truth or fiction?

Serve the people truth or fiction? (llco.org) In recent discussion, we contrasted science versus apolegetics in dealing with history. Stalin was used as an example. A familiar voice objected to our discussion. He roars: “There is nothing original in noting the USSR’s initial support of Israel as primarily geo-political. Of course it was a mistake, …

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